Abilene Reporter News, March 12, 1962

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1962, Abilene, Texas Abilene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 81ST YEAR, NO. 268 _____________________, ABILENE, TEXAS, MONDAY MORNING, MARCPf 12, TWELVE PAGES If! PAGE ONE [By You'd hnrdly know it todpy, driving through Ihc flourishing town of Knox City, but nine years ago, on the hot, sultry afternoon of Friday, March 13, ]953, a tornado turned the town to shambles. "The darkest day in the his- tory of Knox our news correspondent, Mrs. C, C. Hoge (whose home was near the heart of the storm de- scribes il. Knox. Cily's experience was pretty well typical of the vari- ety of experiences which cause most Texans to approach the word "lornacio" with feelings ranging from respect to outright terror. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are known as Tornado Alley. The storms which travel this alley aren't very wide, just hundreds of yards, and the deadly twister tail may cling to the earth for only a few miles. everything the twister brushes goes. Individual chance for being hit by a tornado is only one in mil- lions, but It was warm and sultry and very dry, that Friday the 13th of March 1953. Farmers wanted rain desperately. That afternoon a "sandstorm" moved out of Haskell County northeast into Knox. Hidden in the sandstorm were pounding rain, hail and a deadly funnel of twisting wind. The cloud first put its touch of death and destruction on the Haskell community of Jud. Bather slowly it moved onto O'Brien and then through the southeast corner of Knox City. In its path was the Knox County Hospital with 28 patients under treatment. A hospital wing was sheared off, The roof was wrecked. Every window went out. Through some mir- acle, the patients escaped. Aerpss the street was the Knox City Clinic. Then it was no more. Houses were swept away. Tel- ephone and electricity lines were knotted. The town was iso- lated. But the grim news spread. Help poured in. Ambulances raced to remove the injured to nearby hospitals and the dead to local morgues in Knox City, Rochester, Rule. The Salvation Army, American Heri Cross, Na- tional Guard brought men, food, supplies. The tornado toil was finally and officially: 17 dead; 25 in- jured, some of them permanent- ly: properly damage. Of Ihe three communities hit, Knox Cily, the largest, had the heaviest loss. The crisis held for several Hays as Knox City buried its dead, picked through the wreck- age and got Us balance again. Then it went to work. Debris was cleared. The hospital was re-built. A new clinic was erect- ed. Homes were replaced or re- paired. "Today a newcomer would never know such a disaster ever happened." Mrs. Hose says. "Only two concrete foundations remain as silent reminders That March 13 was followed by May II, 1953, the worst single lornado day in Texas history. Early in the afternoon of May II a tornado smashed the edge of San Anqclo! Dead, 11; in- jured. 159. And a little Inter in the afternoon, a lornado tore out the heart of Waco. Dead, 114; injured, 597, There are tornadoes yearly, The loll since 1953 has not been nearly so great. Storms have in late years been less massive, true. (Property damage in the April 2, 1957 Dallas lornado was only a lenlh of (he damage in the Waco tornado.) Bui, Ihere's no doubl Ihc shortening of the dealh list can he accredited to the improved lornado warning syslcm worked out by the Weather Bureau, Ihe Air Force. It may rjivc us the jitlcrs when Weatherman Silchler starls tornadoes in an nrca along and 40 miles But it's com- forting _to.. k_n.o .w someone's watching. And since 1053 a lot more slorm cellars arc ready to be jumped into when Silchler says, "Jump." Bigger Alphabet LONDON 43-lcttcr al phnbcl gels top marks from an English educator for improving children's reading skills. The nl phjibel contains 24 normal letter, and 19 new ones. The children eventually switch back to the regular ABC's, "Some of the re almMt jay: tducator Maurice Harrison, EARS UP PAL Tracey Keefer, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Keefer of Dallas, puts Czar, a year-old Great Dane, through an inspection prior to In's entry in the Texas Kennel Club show. (AP Wire- photo) Critz Top Snake Roundup Winner SWEETWATER E. Critz, 202 E. Arkansas St., >weelwater, won prizes of and ;50, along with a pair of trophies or his prowess in the fourth An- iual Rattlesnake Roundup which ended here Sunday. Critz earned the S75 for captur- ng the longest snake during Ihe event. His 5'51'j" western )lack diamond which woti Ihe prize weighed pounds. The prize was awarded for he most pounds of snake brought n. During the roundup he cap- ured 267 pounds of rattlers. Second prize money of and i trophy went to Larry Panzer if Blackwell, who delivered 233 minds of snakes. Jack Mearps Jr. ot Roscoe captured third prize money of and a Irophy for ringing in 157 pounds. Other prize money and trophies vent to F. C West of Dallas, Lin- In Tools Taken Burglars nil the Lefler Brolhers Garage at 2929 S. 1st St. Saturday night and made off with tools valued at more lhan Abi- "ene police report. In addition to lools, JValter I.ef- ler, 2017 Poplar, onrxof the oper- ators of the garage, said the following items were taken: two wrist watches, electric razor, in cash, a .45 caliber auto- matic pistol, a .22 caliber Brovvn- ng rifle with Weaver telescopic sight; a box and a half of spark plugs and penny gum dispensing machine. Lcfler told police that entrance was gained by prying the 1 ock hasp loose from an east side door. Exit was made through the same door. :la Christopher of Sweelwaler, limmy Geron of Swcetwater and 0. Hasco of Roby. Wcsl brought in the snake with the most rattlers. His had 16 rat- lers intact and was believed older since Ihc rattlers were broken. He won and a trophy. Miss Christopher, a Newman High School student, earned for bringing in the smallest rat- :ler. It measured 12 inches. Geron's award was for iririging in (he most snakes on the first day of the roundup Fri- :lay. fiasco's was earnctl for bringing in the most snakes on .he second day of the event. A lotal of 389 hunters registered during the throe days of the event. They came from several slates. Tommy Wideman Jr. and Bill Ransberger, co-chairman of the Jayccc-sponsored event, said Hie organization was well pleased with the results. An estimated persons visit ed the coliseum where there was a snake pit. Last year's yield ir snakes was greater, with captured. Only snakes were captured Ihis year, with poor weather cans ing the decrease. Winilg Sunday were clocked al 60 miles pei hour. Only 220 hunters registera for the event in 1961, Bob Jcnni, curator of reptiles Oklahoma City's Lincoln Park Zoo, was in Ihe pil Sunday, aftei he was bitten twice Saturday bj a raillcr. Jcnni, who has been billon a total of Ifi times during bis career 11 of them by rattle snakes an< once by a cobra, make a talk He explained that snakes becom< nervous in captivity and (ha handlers can't get careless arouiK them. Jcnni explained that mosi snake handlers get bitten somi time or another. His arm was in n bandage Sun day, bill he walked around anc apparently was not badly hurl by the bite. Dr. Raff, H-SU Head Since '53, Succumbs Driver Shot By German Border Guard By GKORGE BOULTWOOD BERLIN The soldier iriver of a British army staff car vas shot an.d wounded by an East lerman border guard at mid- light Saturday, an incident with- lut precedent in troubled Berlin. A British army spokesman Ihe East German fired vithout warning, a protest was made to the Russians and "the oviets expressed regret for the ncident." The East Germans contended c British car ignored warning hots after running past stop sig- als and the driver was hit by jullets aimed at the tires. The British spokesman denied his, saying East German border jolice fired about 30 shots at Ihe and added: "No warning 0 halt was given. Neither were ny warning shots fired." The spokesman said the inci- lent took place on a public high- way near the village of Stahns- lorf, half a mile inside East Ger- many, and Ihe car had every right to be there. Western sourc- es saic! there is no previous case if a Western Allied soldier being hot by an East German guard. The wounded soldier was driv- ng a staff car of the British liai- son mission lo the Soviet army eadquarlers in East Germany. 1 British army spokesman said he ear was taking a British olfi- cer hack to the mission's base al 'otsdani and was fired on by an 5ast German border guard with a machine pistol. The official East German news agency ADN alleged the car ran past a stop signal and sped up when warning shots were fired. Shots aimed at Ihe I ires to stop the automobile injured the driver (be agency said, Tiie British spokesman refused to comment on the East German version of the incident. Since 1945, the three Western powers have maintained liaisor missions lo the headquarters ol Soviet forces in Kasl Germany, These missions are hosed in Pots' dam, an old German garrison town on the o'utskirts of Berlin The Soviet Union has similar mis sions to Ihc U.S., British ;m< French headquarters in Wesl Germany. The East Germans maintain strong patrols in the areas im mediately outside Berlin lo pro vent attempts b.v people lo escapi into West Berlin. The Ens! version o Ihe incident, as distributed b; ADN, said Ihe car "tried to floi through a control of the border security organs." The British spokesman said the wounded soldier was taken to hospital in Potsdam. V. S. UEI'ARTMKNT OF COM.MERCE WKAIIIKIl IlllUIiAlI (Weather Mop 1'aie 3.U AIIII.EN'K AND VICINITY (Hadius 40 Co partly cloudy Monday with slightly diminishing winds. Hisri Mon- tliiy and Turtiby between 05 and 7n. low Monday night 35 to W. NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS-K.llr Man- day through Tuesday Cooler east portion Monday and Monday niijtit. A little warm- er Tuesday, High Moml.iv 5G-G6. NORTHWEST TEXAS Clear to partly cloudy Monday through Tuesday. Not luite so cold Monday niRhl. A lilllc firmer Tuesday. High Monday 48 north to WEATHER SOUTHWEST TKXAS-Fair wim little in temperature Monday and Tues- day. Highest Monday M-V5. Sunday a.m. Sunday p.m. 57 57 59 59 5-.00............ S8 sa 57 55 H 53........... _ 56....... High and Inn- 24-hours p.m.: Sfl and -10. ItiKri and low tame [late last yc Hi 53. Sunrise last night: sunrise sunset tnniphl: Barometer [eaOiue al 9 p.m.: 23.00. Humnmy at 'J p.m. 12 per cent. 5Z ending 77 Noted Educator 54 Years Old Dr. Evan Allard Reiff, Hardin- Simmons University president, died Sunday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital. The attending physician said dealh came at p.m. The 54-yenr-old university ad- ministrator entered the hospital Jan. 31 for treatment of a hemor- raging ulcer. He underwent sur- gery Feb., 6 and required emer- gency surgery the following week on Feb. 13. His condition continued lo worsen and he remained in critical condition. A third operation was perform- ed on February 19 and the final operation Thursday. was performed last Wall at Big Spring Falls Before Wind High winds whipped into the rea Sunday, bringing dust which il visibility in Abilene to scven- ighls of a mile from 4 until 6 xm. Gusts recorded at tile wea- her station at the Municipal Air- reached 50.8 miles per hour. Max Durretf, weather bureau ecbnician, said t he wind held steady at about 30 miles per hour. !y 9 p.m. (he force had reduced o about 10 mph, Durrett said. No reported local damage was itlribuled to wind, but in Big Spring the north wall on a Grant's Department Store under constnic- ion in. College Park Estates Shopping Center at Birdwell German Carries Fiancee Across Border in Trunk BEBRA, Germany (AP) The startling story of a young West German who carried his East German fiancee to freedom in a trunk was told by West German police al this Iron Curtain border (own Sunday. The couple arrived here by train Salurday nighl after suc- cessfully eluding Communist con- trols and described to ixilice how they mannged the spectacular font. Tlic Wesl German mnn, 20, ob- Inincd n puss lo visit Iho indus- trial fnlr at Leipzig. He arranged n meeting with bis fiancee, Irnppcd In Ens! Germany since Communist authorities set up the wall In East Berlin and lightened control of the East-West German border. fn Leipsig, Ihcy boughl n trunk, large enough lo hold the petite Rirl, 19. The linnk was pierced so she would not suffocate. They boarded n wcsl-bound train, and when it came to Eisen- ach, about 10 miles from Ihe bor- der, the girl slipped inlo the trunk. Al (ho Mast German border checkpoint of Wnrlhn, whore the Irnin slopped, he put Ihc Irunk on the tracks, camouflaging it will) snow. Then ho wont thrmiRh the controls wilh n second trunk Then he relumed lo his com- pnrlment and wailed unlll the Irnin started. Al Ihis moment, he dashed down to seize the trunk conlainiiig (he girl. The handl broke off, but he managed lo lif the trunk up to (he moving (rain Fellow passengers helped him They were stunned when h opened the trunk, and the gii slopped out. She was liifhlen i lavatory until the Irnin finally crossed into West Germany nbou 10 minutes Inter. A telephone call lo ttte younp man's parents near Frnnkfur confirmed his identity mid Ibj girl, who nprmnHy would have had to Ro through a refugee trnn sit center, was Hugged througl by police so she could stay will her fiiinccc. Police withheld Ihclr names t protect relatives of llio girl slil in East Germany, ,4 Lane and E. 4lh St. blew down between 8 and 9 a.m. The wall of concrete tile faced wilh brick was about 15 feet high and 100 feet long. 11 was com- pleted but was nol braced. An- other wall of Ihe building had been completed, but since it was braced it was not affected. At Easlland. winds were clocked at G4 mph. Visibility was cut to about a half mile and some citi- zens were reporting wind damage to composition shingles as well as some damage to tree limbs. Monday's forecast calls for clea to partly cloudy skies with dimin- ishing winds. Dr. Reiff resigned Jan. 25, the esignation effective July 1. At that ime he said he wanted only to est. Since his hospitalization in January, administration of the university has been conducted by George Graham, executive vice president, with assistance from nembers of the administrative cabinet. Funeral services a re pending ind will be announced by Kiker- Wnrren Funeral Home. The Oklahoma-born educator lad been at the helm of Ihe Bap- :ist institution since July of 1953, lis tenure the third longest of any leader in the school's history. During his presidency, Hardin- Simmons enjoyed a tremendous growth in endowment and net worth, enlargement of Ihe physi- cal plant and Ihe expansion and strengthening of the academic program. Dr. Reiff, upon resigning a sim- lar position at Sioux Falls College, 5 HOMES DAMAGED Twister, Dust Plague Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gusty winds up to 60 miles an nour continued Sunday to stir up a lot of dust in West 2nd North Texas, Blowing dust, which started Snt- DR. EVAN A. REIFF in hospital since Jan. 31 a Baptist Falls, S. institution D., came Sioux Abilene urdiiy, was reported over wide areas. Winds up to -15 miles an hour kicked up more sane! in the l.ubbock and Abilene areas. Dallas winds up lo fio miles during Ihc morning. Clehurnc, south of Fort Worth, reported gusts of 45 to 50 miles. i Borgcr, in the Panhandle, had light snow about dawn. The sun, however, came out and raised temperatures into Ihe 40's. A twister was reported at Prim- pa Saturday afternoon that dam- aged five homes in (he northwest part of the Panhandle city. Two roofs were lifted oft. Don Dorsell, whose home was damaged, said he heard a loud roar and looked out a window to see the twister twirling toward his house. It damaged one side of Dor- sell's house, but he and others in the small area struck escaped injury. Dorsctt described the twister as a "hugh whirlwind." At least one highway death was blamed on a blinding duststorm near Dimmitt in the Texus Pan- handle Saturday. ThB victim was Ciirl Augustus Davis, 52, of Borg- er who was killed in a two-car crash lhat injured two other per- sons. Farther north in Die Panhandle, 200 fire fighters battled six hours Saturday to control a grass fire lhat was scattered over a wide nrca by wind. The [ire trapped itself by racing into a nearby canyon. One fire fighter, Burl McClelland, said there is no telling how much grassland would have been blnck- ened had it not been for thai can- yon. The fire broke oul eight miles norlh of Spearman, H charred about acres of grassland. The Weather Bureau reporter air extremely dry over most of the stale after showers and thun- derstorms in the eastern half of Ihe state Saturday night. One thunderstorm peppered a section of Dallas with light hail. The bureau said a cold front moving southward over Ihe Pan- handle would bring clearing skies and lower temperatures to most of the slate Monday. and immediately embarked on the building program which has pro- duced Anderson Hall for men, Blanche Lange Hall for women, the chapel auditorium, athletic building, and a Student Life Cen- ter, now under construction. Also being built is a men's dormitory. Ferguson Hall for men was com- pletely renovated and remodeled and Caldwetl Music Hall was ren- ovated and an addition built. Net worth of the university's land and buildings now is slightly over million, almost double that of 1954-55, when it was million. Enrollment has increased from students early in Ihe fall of 1953, when Dr. Reiff took over as president, to sludents in the fall of 1961. Presidents with longer tenures than Dr. Reiff were Dr. J. D. Samlefer, who was president until his death in 1940, and Dr. Ru perl N. Richardson, now presi dent emeritus and senior profcs sor ot history, who served 10 years and was Dr. Reiff's immediate predecessor. Dr. Reiff was born Dec. 4, 1907 in fiartlesville, Okla., the son of banker. He was baptized in thi First Baptist Church there whei he was 10 years old. His fathe died shortly thereafter and younj Reiff and his mother and othe See REIFF, Pg. 6-A, Col. 3 Car Crash Kills ACC Coed, 21 A 21-year-old Abilene Christian College senior, Judy Kennamer, was killed in a one-car accident Saturday abqut 40 miles west of Denver, Colo., when the car ill vhich she was riding hit an icy spot and went out of control. A second passenger in the car, dentitied as Mrs. Kiser of Deni- son, Tex., also was killed. Four other occupants of the car were njured. The accident happened about p.m. Saturday. Miss Kennamer was Ihe daugh- er of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Kenna- mer of Denver. He is minister for he University Boulevard Church of Christ in Denver. She was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Alabama. Services are pending In Wood- ville, Ala. The ACC student had been out of school since December, 1961, after underoing an eye operation. She planned lo return to school n April. Mrs. Hilbcrt L. Kenna- ner of 810 Glenhaven, an aunt, said. Survivors include the parents of Denver; a sister, Mrs. Bill Young of Bakcrsfield, Calif.; a brother, David Lee of Denver. Colo.; and grandfather, Homer Hodges, Woodville, Ala. NEWS INDEX SECTION Edirorrals Sportl Amusements Comtci Radio-TV 1091 TV Scout 2 S 6 8 11 11 Rusk Warns Reds On New Incidents Ily TOM OCIIILTKF.F. GENEVA (AP) Secretary of Stale Dean Rusk told Soviet For- eign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko Sunday night lhat the Western; powers strongly resented new Communist harassment tactics in Berlin. The American secretary defined, his position lo an unsmiling Gro- myko during a four-hour diplo-, malic dinner party at a Geneva holel. The affair was ntlenried also by Britain's Foreign Secre- tary Lord Home. Rusk's conversation wilh Gro- myko followed two incidents which casl a cloud over the pros peels of the 17-nalion disarma- ment negotiations due lo open Wednesday. One case involved Ihe seeding by Soviet planes of Ihe Berlin air corridors with Ihousands of piec- es of metal chaff, or flakes, which confuse the radar controlling Western piano traffic. in Ihc other incident n British sotkter driving n slnff car was shot and woiimlnl by East Ger- man police In East Germany a Related story, Pg. 6-A few miles beyond the West Berlin border. After the diner, Rusk told re- porters: "It was a good night's work. We talked about the Ber lin incidents. We don't like them we let them know it." Asked if his comments lo Gro- myko broughl any satisfaction, Rusk replied: "We'll find out in a day or two." Gromyko declined loo talk with reporters when he left the hotel, lie said, "This is no place for nn interview." Tlte three foreign ministers and their top nicies also talked about the nuclear test suspension ques- tion. Scmyon' Tsarapkin, the So- viet nuclear negotiator, said no agreement of substance was worked oul on the nuclear issue. Karlier, Western sources reporl- ed lhal the United Stnles and "Mi- am had agreed on a joinl ap- proach for getting nuclear lest ban negotiations revived. Before the dinner party, Rust: had separate conversations with Lord Home and West German Foreign Minister Gerhard Schroe- der. The Berlin problem was dis- cussed in detail on both occasUjcs. The American British work on Ihe nuclear test problerrt was done over lunch by Ambas- sador Arthur Dean and Joseph Godber, British minister of (or foreign affairs. An informant said Dean and Godber made good progress In aligning Ihe positions of their Iwo countries. Some details, mainly ol tactics, remain to be worked out. But the broad outline of kind of test ban the Ainericani and British want has been ham- mered out and can be put to the ssiafls at the moment Wash- ington and London may decide, the informant snid. Rusk (raveled lo nearby Lau- sanne for his first discussion o< Ihe day, wilh West Schroedcr. Both American ami QernuM sources snid the two men had a friendly and satisfactory Sec MEETING, CM, ;

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